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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Worst In World, U.N. Envoy Tells Security Council

Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N.: Haiti has more cholera than any other nation “Haiti’s cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world, the top U.N. envoy there said Monday. Sandra Honore briefed the U.N. Security Council about the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, crime rates, public health, and the cholera…

U.N. Officials Express Concern Over Humanitarian Crises In Sudan, S. Sudan

News outlets report on the worsening food security and humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan facing major food crisis: U.N. “Millions of people in war-wracked South Sudan are facing a food shortage as the rainy season approaches, a top U.N. official warned Tuesday, denouncing inadequate…

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces $50M To Support Family Planning Services In LAC, Africa

The Guardian: Family planning groups in developing countries set for Bloomberg boost “Grassroots organizations are to share in a multi-million dollar project to improve family planning and reproductive health services for women and girls in Africa and Latin America. Groups in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Nicaragua will be able…

Wall Street Journal Examines India’s Efforts To Eliminate Polio

The Wall Street Journal looks at India’s efforts to eliminate polio. Wall Street Journal: How India Put an End to Polio “It took three decades to be able to do so and it certainly wasn’t easy. But, from Thursday, India can boast of being polio-free. A new case of the…

Huffington Post Examines Final Document Of U.N. Women’s Commission

Huffington Post: U.N. Women’s Conference Does Well on Sexual Rights But Gays Lose Out “Usually one searches for all the good proposals that were deleted or changed in the annual U.N. women’s conference that helps set the agenda for the world body. This year the end result was relatively positive.…

Better Coordination, Incentive Needed For WHO Framework On Neglected Disease R&D

Nature: WHO: Steering plans for neglected diseases Bernard Pécoul of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Manica Balasegaram of Médecins Sans Frontières In an earlier Nature opinion piece, “Mary Moran criticizes plans by the World Health Organization (WHO) for tackling neglected diseases in the developing world. Her arguments are…

WHO Officially Declares India Polio-Free

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Thursday of India’s polio-free status. Associated Press: India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case “…The World Health Organization formally declared India polio-free on Thursday, after three years with no new cases. It said the milestone means the entire Southeast…

WFP Executive Director Calls For Humanitarian Action In CAR

VOA News: WFP Chief Calls for Humanitarian Intervention in CAR “The executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges the international community to address the disaster in the Central African Republic (CAR) where hundreds of thousands have fled violence and instability to neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and the…

Doctors, Advocates Urge U.N. To Take Health-Based Approach To Drug Control Policies

The Lancet: Doctors criticize U.N.’s approach to global drugs control “Growing numbers of doctors are calling for a health-based approach to be adopted as a cornerstone of global drugs policy as a high-level U.N. conference highlights what critics say are continued failings in international bodies’ strategies for dealing with global…

African Parliamentarians Commit To Advancing AIDS Response Now, Beyond 2015

Earlier this week, parliamentarians met during a roundtable at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa to discuss advancing the AIDS response now and post-2015. According to a UNAIDS press release, “[t]he aim of the dialogue was to create awareness and build the capacity of parliamentarians on the agreed 2013 Abuja…

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